On January 9, 2016, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide promoted National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day to encourage every community in the country to show law enforcement officers that their brave work is appreciated.
On National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, the nation’s citizens are called to support law enforcement in a number of ways that include sending a card of support to their local police department or state agency; sharing a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media; asking children or adults in the community to write letters in support of law enforcement; and, most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer. These gestures can be made anytime and not just on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day.
First Selectman Tetreau said, “On this important day, and every day throughout the year, the Fairfield community is encouraged to support and thank the men and women who put themselves on the front lines and those who work behind the scenes at our Police Department. The Town of Fairfield appreciates the dedication, hard work and bravery of the members of our Police Department, both past and present, who help protect our community and keep it a safe place, day in and day out. I want to especially thank Dr. and Mrs. Dennis Poster for highly encouraging the Town to recognize Fairfield’s finest on this important day.”
Police Chief Gary MacNamara, who attended the Board of Selectmen meeting along with members of the Police Department and Police Commission, accepted the proclamation on behalf of the men and women in his department who he thanked for working 24 hours a day and putting their lives on the line for the Fairfield community. Chief MacNamara said, “This day is an opportunity to recognize the work of national, state and local officers.” He then called for a moment of silence for Deputy Sheriff Francis Melville Pike and Officer James Cavanaugh who lost their lives in the line of duty while serving the Fairfield Police Department in 1894 and 1966, respectively.
The photo shows from left to right: Selectman Chris Tymniak, Selectman Laurie McArdle, First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Police Chief Gary MacNamara, Lieutenant Keith Broderick and Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy.
(Town of Fairfield Press Release)